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final and give St. Michael’s from Niagara a 3-0 clipping. The semi-final match against Trenton went against the Wildcats 27-0. Rockland slipped down to the bronze medal playoffs against St. Anne from Clinton. Coach Bill Foster described a heartbreaker loss of 10-5 in overtime play for the Wildcats. He singled out Wildcats captain Jessica Joubarne and her teammate Brandi Ber- trand for “exceptional play” during the OF- SAA round. Canada. Scoring gold medal results for the school were Alexandre Corbeil in green belt poomse (practice forms), Livie McCombe in orange belt sparring, Jacob Knickle in blue belt sparring, Jordon Routhier in green belt poomse, and the Castonguay family in the family poomse for yellow-belt competitors. Silver medal awards went to Sabumnim McLaughlin in sparring for the 26-35 age bracket, Knickle in blue belt poomse, and Routhier in green belt sparring. Bronze awards went to Olivier Corbeil in children’s green belt sparring, Zachary Desnoyers in green belt sparring, and Mc- Combe in orange belt poomse. Joelle Da- vies placed fourth in orange belt sparring while Dan and Casey Naylor finished fourth in black belt poomse in the family category.


ROCKLAND | Nothing succeeds like suc- cess and at the Clarence-Rockland YMCA one of the m ost successful sports and ex- ercise progra m s is the local tae kwon do school. The YMCA in Rockland as been a branch dojang (school) of the Tae E. Lee Tae Kwon Do martial arts franchise for the past couple of years. Tae kwon do (TKD) is a Korean mar- tial arts that emphasizes kicking techniques and is split into two separate styles, the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF) and the International Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF). The Tae E. Lee school offers WTF style tae kwon do and the Clarence-Rockland YMCA program has swelled in numbers to the point that it is the second-largest YMCA TKD program in Ontario with more than

50 students at all belt levels from white to black stripe and black. Myles McLaughlin, Michael Vong, and Dan Naylor are each a sabumnim at the school (equivalent to the sensei of Japa- nese martial arts or the sifu of Chinese fight- ing styles) Several of the students competed in the Ambassador Cup Tournament at Algonquin

College in Ottawa May 25, which marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Canada and Korea. During the tournament Grandmaster Lee was named a goodwill ambassador for the school and the sport in

One kick decides the game

WATERLOO | One m issed kick m ade the difference between a bronze m edal and fourth place for theWildcats. Rockland District High School’s varsity girls rugby squad knocked the opposition flying in their first two matches at the Uni- versity of Waterloo in the Ontario Federa- tion of Second School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) rugby championships. The first day of play saw the RDHS Wild- cats tear up the Streetsville team from Mis- sissauga 37-0 then move on to the quarter-

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